Friday, October 27, 2017

2 The Chaos Manifesto vs Iron Sleet #3

"To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times."

The euphoric state of ecstasy that envelopes my mind is unlike anything else.  The receptors in my brain are flooded with untold amounts of dopamine.  Illicit narcotics cannot even replicate the pleasure brought about by it.   At first they try to resist but it merely adds to the ambience of the dance we have entered into.  When they go tired of fighting and finally accept that their fate is now in my hands that is when I reach my climax.  A lust for life is what consumes my mind.  Not to live my own but rather to steal that of others through horrific acts of violence.  It is here that I find my purpose for living.  For to ravage the soul of another living being is to truly be alive. 

This foul creature is one of many that are employed by the black market Hellwright but one that has found a special place in his foul entourage.  He is assassin that has been heavily augmented to increase his ability separate his victims from their souls.  Simply referred to as the "Soul Eater".  To glance upon him is akin to death itself.  One must wonder if any humanity has been left behind or if he is now simply a cruel killing machine.

It's been abnormally quiet this past week over here at The Chaos Manifesto for a variety of reason but the biggest being that all my spare time as been devoted to working on my five models for the Iron Sleet's Invitational.  I have managed to get a rough working copy of 3 of my 5 characters and I hope to get the the other two fleshed out this weekend.  This will leave me both Monday and Tuesday to put the final touches on each of the models.  The entire project has taken me back to when I first stumbled upon kit bashing oh so many years ago; I feel like a little child on Christmas morning.  I know many of you are dying to see what I have come up with but patience is a virtue and I assure you I will make it worth the wait.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

4 The Chaos Manifesto vs Iron Sleet #2

"To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times."

A blackness sweeps across the Thorn Moon system and that presents an opportunity for me.  Lives will be lost, profit will be made but most importantly the gods will be pleased.  Udder annihilation always pleases the mind for death of another feeds the mind that you are still alive.  But what is it to truly be alive I ASK?  Unadulterated violence through pleasure.  To escape the constraints of one body and ascend to a higher level of being. These visitors will experience all this and more.

I carved this world into what it is today.  Like an artist with a piece of black clay, my hands formed the fate and destiny of countless lives.  My empire will always survive for I am an eternal being without fear of time.  Civilization will crumble to dust and rise again but in the shadows I will always lurk.  Society needs me like a bullet to the head. WHAHAHAHAHA!!! Wretched foul souls they all are. 

For the upcoming Iron Sleet Invitational II, The Thorn Moons Campaign, I plan on moulding my piece of black clay into that of a Hellwright on a Dark Abeyant and his retinue of corrupted minions.  The sheer excitement of this project has me on the verge of making a sacrifice to the Machine God.  Perhaps my left hand or my eyes would please it, but if I have to I am more than willing to give it my entire body.  The Hellwright and his associates each are unique like each of the Thorn Moons.  They have forge a path of corruption that has eroded the virtues of society away.  They hawk a variety of biochems, other illegal narcotics, firearms, weapons and black market augmentation to fund the Hellwright's dubious experiments.  A god in his own right but more importantly his mind, the Hellwright has created a world that revolves around his needs and wants.  To interfere or deny him these, is a fate worse then death itself.  Many of those that he employs were once former souls that stood in his path.  Fragmentations of who they once were may be all that is left of them; a prisoner in their own body and mind . The approaching fleet of Terra, presents an opportunity unlike anything the Hellwright has seen before.  Endless souls to feed upon, endless bodies to play with, endless lives to destroy and create.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

5 The Chaos Manifesto vs Iron Sleet #1

"To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times."

Driven to madness, the blood inside me recoils in fear at what they have marked me for.  To know what fate has in store for you is not easy to swallow.  For the cruelty of my life is an unimaginable twisted existence that torments my soul.  Sleep itself leaves a pungent taste in my mind, for my dreams of late are plagued by them.  Each of them a gnarled layer of decayed flesh and metal.  Each of them bathed it the stench of death itself.  Each of them covered in a film of dried blood over their soiled skin.  The cold bitter steel that impregnates them has corrupted their essence of man.  I question the truth before my eyes and wonder if I will ever wake up from this prison they have entombed me in, let alone escape from them.  For it seems I am shackled to their nightmarish thoughts; a eternity of whispering psychosis, delusions and absurdities.    

Today, The Chaos Manifesto, received a transmission from the Thorn Moons where an eternal war wages on.  The Regiments of the Imperial Guard lay siege upon the twisted worlds that the Emperor long ago forgot.  The corrupted soul that call the Thorn Moons their home fight with savage desperation for their realm.  It is here that The Chaos Manifesto has been called.  Here I will set my mind upon the challenge that the Iron Sleet has set forth.  I hope I can not only live up to this challenge but inspire those around me to contribute to this epic narrative.  For those of you not aware of what I am talking about listen careful to my words.

The bloggers, creators and frontiersman of the Iron Sleet have issued their second iteration of their INVITATIONAL.  This is a year long narrative wargaming campaign and world building project set in the Warhammer 40k Universe.  Bound by the code that "Story is King" and forged by the principle that the gravity of art lies within the miniatures we create.  They are looking for anyone willing to unleash the creativity of the mind to create, "build and paint five human sized models that beautifully and fittingly describe the humble human in the galactic war and show of your original ideas and understanding of the Warhammer 40000 universe."  This month's objective is take black and white photographs of your work-in-progress.  This will help them plan while also exposing your own thought process behind your models.  November's challenge is to finish them, write a 200 word narrative about them and take several photos of them.  

With a new version of Necromunda on the horizon I have been leaning towards creating more unique, individual characters. Yes, it is another project for me to work on but it is one that contributes to a community effort that aims to celebrate Games Workshops miniatures and story telling while inspiring them as well.  As such, The Chaos Manifesto, will be switching gears in what I hope to be an epic tale of my twisted and corrupted Chaos warband.  As for what exactly I have in mind for my Chaos warband, you will have to stay tuned to find out.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

6 Monday Musings of a Mantic #18: 2000pts Iron Warriors Army List

Cold darkness sets in,
Black Iron weeps from the wound;
Bitterness pursued

The brothers of the Iron Warriors are without peers for the cold darkness of the warp itself resides in their souls.  Their lack of empathy and compassion allows them to commit atrocities unlike anything you have ever seen before.  They care little for the blood that they have spilled and even less for the lives they have taken. They have embraced the bitterness within and have turned it against the galaxy with an unquenchable thirst for destruction and death.  The list below is my take on what I envision a battle forged army of Iron Warriors to be.  Countless cultist being thrown at the enemy to wither them down while they themselves rain death down upon them.  Let us have a look at my 2000 points Iron Warriors army.

Iron Warriors Battalion Detachment
081 = Warlord: Warlord Trait Cold & Bitter, Mark of Slaanesh, Power Axe & Combi-Bolter
076 = Warpsmith: Mark of Nurgle
076 = Warpsmith: Mark of Nurgle
186 = Cultist x 40: Mark of Slaanesh, Flamers x2 & Hvy Stubber x2
044 = Cultist x10: Mark of Slaanesh & Hvy Stubber
044 = Cultist x10: Mark of Slaanesh & Hvy Stubber

Iron Warriors Vanguard Detachment
154 = Sorcerer in Terminator Armour: Mark of Slaanesh, Warptime/Prescience/Smite
510 = Terminators: Mark of Slaanesh, Combi-Plasma & Pwr Axe
112 = Helbrute: Mark of Nurgle, Missile Launcher & Reaper Autocannon
112 = Helbrute: Mark of Nurgle, Missile Launcher & Reaper Autocannon
112 = Helbrute: Mark of Nurgle, Missile Launcher & Reaper Autocannon

Iron Warriors Outrider Detachment
180 = Daemon Prince: Wings, Mark of Nurgle, Malefic Talons x2 & Diabolic Strength/Smite. Fleshmetal Exoskeleton
104 = Bikers x3: Mark of Nurgle, Flamers x2 & Champ with Combi-flamer
104 = Bikers x3: Mark of Nurgle, Flamers x2 & Champ with Combi-flamer
104 = Bikers x3: Mark of Nurgle, Flamers x2 & Champ with Combi-flamer

Pwer Level = 114
Command Points = 8

When compiling this list I made a concise effort to include multiple detachments as i wanted to be able to use a series of stratagems to take my Iron Warriors to the next level.  This meant that I needed to field Cultist as my troop choice as their cost are at a rock bottom price.  This put a dark twisted smile on my face as I have been dying to heed the call of the "Tide of Traitors".  This stratagems gives another average unit immense value.  Being able to bring back a maxed out squad of 40 traitors for a mere 2 command points is disgusting.  When you are talking about fielding Cultist though you need a plan on how you are going to handle their morale issues.  You have three options, a Dark Apostle Baby sitter, Abaddon the Despoiler or the Iron Warriors Warlord trait "Cold & Bitter".  I went for the Iron Warriors option as it gives your Warlord a 6" aura that allows all Iron Warrior units inside of it to ignore morale tests.  The blob of Cultist and the 2 minimum sized squads of them are here to provide a bubble wrap around the Chaos Lord, 2x Warpsmiths and the 3x Dakka Helbrutes.  This entire contingent of Iron Warriors will also secure back field objectives.  The Lord buffs the Helbrutes ability to hit targets while the Warpsmiths help keep them running.

From there, I then moved to a maxed out Terminator Unit to provide the army with a devastating threat.  This squad can pump out an insane amount of shots by stringing together a series of psychic powers and stratagems.  The Terminator Sorcerer deepstrikes in with the Terminators and hits them with "Prescience".  This gives them a +1 to hit which prevents their Comb-Plasmas from overcharging.  From their I pop the stratagem "Endless Cacophony" so they can shoot twice.  This results in them firing 40 strength 8, Ap -3, Dmg 2 shots.  It doesn't end here though as I also pop the stratagem "Veterans of the Long War" to give them a +1 to wound.  This allows them to target any and I mean any unit on the battlefield and make them disappear.  In all likely hood I also hit the Terminators with "Warptime" to ensure they can continue their reign of destruction.

In order to keep the enemy off their toes I threw 3 minimum squads of Bikers with Flamers/Combi-flamers.  Their job is to help trim the fat off of hordes while providing a scene for the Daemon Prince.  The Daemon Prince is sporting a "Fleshmetal Exoskeleton" Iron Warriors Relic.  This turns the Daemon Prince into once hell of a monster as he now has a 2+ sv and can regenerate 1 wound each turn.  I gave him Diabolic Strength as this will allow him to wound the majority of infantry on a 2+ and most vehicles on a 3+ while giving him an addition attack.

In the end I feel that this Iron Warriors list is competitive that packs a strong punch while remaining tough in the backfield.  I've wasted enough of your time so lets cut this post short.  As always feel free to leave your comments and criticisms.